Ben Pattie’s four goals for the QPR U21s on Monday night helped Paul Hall’s side to a 15-0 win over Verbania Calcio in pre-season action – but the striker is well aware of the bigger picture.
Former Hemel Hempstead Town front-man Pattie entered the fray as a half-time substitute in the resounding romp, scoring with his first touch inside the opening minute.
I’ll just give my all and get my head down and work hard for the team.Ben Pattie
He went on to score another three goals, but the striker – who signed a new six-month contract earlier this summer – knows the hard work is still very much ahead for him.
“It was a worthwhile run out for us,” he told www.qprfc.co.uk. “It was good to get 45 minutes under my belt.
“To score four goals personally was obviously a bonus, but that’s not what matters – what matters is everyone getting some game-time and the lads coming through the game without any injuries.”
He added: “I signed the deal until January in the summer and I know I’ve got to impress between now and then.
“I’ll just give my all and get my head down and work hard for the team.”
Pattie is enjoying working under Hall, who was promoted from U18 assistant manager to U21 manager just a couple of weeks ago.
He added: “I’m enjoying working under Paul, all the squad are.
“He’s a very good coach and he makes it clear what he expects of the players.
“He likes us to play attacking football, which is good for players like myself, who like to score goals.
“I want to help the team by scoring goals and if I can do that I’ll be happy.”
Tuesday’s match was the R’s youngsters’ first on tour and Pattie is already looking ahead to Saturday’s clash against FC Lugano, adding: “It’s been a good couple of days and we’re all looking forward to the rest of the trip.
“Italy’s a lovely country and the area we are based in is really great.
“The heat is obviously a big factor and we found it tough tonight in that respect.
“It was difficult to deal with at times, but it was great to get through and I can’t wait for the rest of the week.”